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Grocery Stores Taking Steps To Keep Employees Safe During Pandemic

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Grocery stores in the Southland remain open and are taking steps to keep employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Many locations are now providing them with masks, gloves and protective plexiglass at the checkout stands. Some stores are even putting floor decals to help people maintain social distancing when they’re getting their groceries. “We definitely value our associates and we want to make sure they are well taken care of because they are the face of the company,” said John Votava of Ralphs. “They are the ones our customers come back to see over and over.” At least four grocery store workers in Southern California tested positive for coronavirus this past week, including a Costco in the Marina del Rey area, Sprouts in Tustin, Gelsons in Pacific Palisades and Vallarta Supermarket in Canoga Park. Officials say other employees were notified of the diagnoses and the stores have since been disinfected. Shoppers were glad to know that stores are taking the virus seriously. “I think it’s very smart because they’re very at risk. It can easily be transmitted,” one customer said. “They’re…

Coronavirus: LA Convention Center Undergoing Preparations For Possible Use

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Conference Center is being prepped as a possible field hospital to make room at hospitals taking in coronavirus patients. “We’re starting with medical supplies and cots so we can relieve the pressure on nearby hospitals and we’re going to provide more details in the days ahead,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The medical station at the convention center is being set up by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but it’s not the only help L.A. is getting during this pandemic. Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy has already pulled into the Port of L.A. with 1,000 beds for non-coronavirus patients to free up rooms at local hospitals. Even then, some are worried that’s not enough. “I’m proud to announce that the first three patients are already on the Mercy,” Garcetti said. Area hospitals now have tents set up in parking lots and garages to provide care for patients they’re expecting. Healthcare workers are also worried about being low on supplies they’ll need during this time. Garcetti said he’s appointed the Port of L.A.’s executive director to…

Woman’s Body Found in a Vehicle in Garden Grove

Share this article:The body of a woman was found Sunday in the driver’s side of a vehicle in Garden Grove, a police lieutenant said. Police discovered the body about 9:15 a.m. in the 12300 block of Magnolia Boulevard, said Garden Grove police Lt. Rich Burillo. There was no indication of foul play but the cause of death will have to be determined by an autopsy performed by the Orange County coroner’s office, Burillo said. The woman’s name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. Anyone with information on the woman’s death was asked to call the GGPD at 714-741-5800. Woman’s Body Found in a Vehicle in Garden Grove was last modified: March 29th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Sheriff’s Detectives Search for Suspect in Attempted Sexual Assault in Poway

Share this article:A man attempted to sexually assault a woman Sunday at a Poway Park but was stopped when a good Samaritan intervened, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. The attempted assault happened about 10:30 a.m. in the park at 12988 Bowron Road, near the Poway Boys and Girls Club, said SD sheriff’s Lt. Michael Knobbe. The woman being attacked screamed for help and a nearby person intervened. The victim then called 911 for help, Knobbe said. The suspect is described as white, between the ages of 35 and 40, Knobbe said. He stood about 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall and weighed between 230 and 240 pounds. He is balding and has short white hair. He was wearing a cream- or gray-colored T-shirt and gray or black sweatpants or shorts. Anyone with information on this suspect was asked to call the San Diego sheriff’s department at 858 565-5555 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Sheriff’s Detectives Search for Suspect in Attempted Sexual Assault in Poway was last modified: March 29th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Gang Detectives In Santa Ana Searching For Homicide Suspect

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Santa Ana police want the public’s help in locating a homicide suspect. Daniel Christopher Contreras, who police say is a gang member, is suspected in a fatal shooting that took place at about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday at El Salvador Park. SUSPECT WANTED FOR HOMICIDE – ARMED AND DANGEROUS https://t.co/8qEq6UVDaN — SantaAnaPD (@SantaAnaPD) March 30, 2020 Police said the unidentified victim died at the scene. Contreras is considered armed and dangerous. The case is eligible for the Santa Ana Police Department Gang Homicide Reward. Contreras is 6’1″ and 175 pounds. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Santa Ana police at 714-245-8390 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

2 San Bernardino County deputies, 2 firefighters contract COVID-19

Two San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies and two firefighters who work for different agencies within San Bernardino County have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said Sunday. All four of the first responders were self-isolating and appeared to be doing well, according to sheriff’s and San Bernardino County Fire Department officials. Both of the infected deputies were assigned to the department’s Detentions and Corrections Bureau, the department said in a written statement. It was not clear what specific facility they worked at. “The deputies entered self-quarantine due to an onset of flu-like symptoms prior to receiving test results and have been off of work for a week,” according to the statement. “We are currently investigating how they were infected. Although we do not know when and where the deputies were exposed to the virus, we continue to encourage all members to heed the warnings of health officials while on and off duty,” the statement said. “Out of respect for our deputies, no additional details regarding their identity or medical treatment will be released.” Authorities also announced that two firefighters in San Bernardino County had contracted COVID-19. One of the affected firefighters…

2 San Bernardino County Firefighters Test Positive For Coronavirus

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY (CBSLA) — Two firefighters in San Bernardino County have tested positive for coronavirus. They work for The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District and the Montclair Fire Department. The firefighters had been previously under a self-quarantine before being diagnosed with coronavirus. “Currently, the firefighters are feeling well and remain in isolation,” the department said in a statement. “Both firefighters are being medically monitored by their primary physicians.” Officials are encouraging the community to continue monitoring coronavirus updates. For the latest number of cases in San Bernardino County, click here.

L.A. working to bring homeless indoors with more shelters, hotel rooms amid coronavirus pandemic, Garcetti says

As the deadly coronavirus pandemic threatens to rip through the large homeless population in Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday said the city is working on expanding its capacity to bring more people indoors. Another five emergency shelters were set up at L.A. City Parks recreation centers to house people, Garcetti said at a news conference Sunday. The city now has 13 of the temporary shelters open. The mayor said the city is also getting more than 500 camper trailers from Gov. Gavin Newsom, with the first 25 arriving in Los Angeles on Sunday. The trailers will be parked next to shelters and those who begin to show symptoms will be brought to the trailers to self-quarantine, according to the mayor. The city also secured over 900 motel and hotel rooms that can be used to isolate or quarantine people believed to have been exposed to the virus or are awaiting coronavirus test results, the mayor said. Garcetti urged hotel and motel owners in the city to volunteer their rooms for those who need to quarantine themselves. Volunteers would be paid if they are…

Inmate, Deputies Among New Coronavirus Cases In Riverside County

RIVERSIDE COUNTY (CBSLA) — An inmate has tested positive for coronavirus in Riverside County, marking the county’s first incarcerated case. Two more sheriff’s deputies in Riverside County have also tested positive for the virus, according to Sheriff Chad Bianco, bringing the total number of infected deputies to three. RELATED: Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy, Pomona College Student Positive For Coronavirus “I have spoken to all of them and they are in good spirits recovering,” Bianco said in Facebook video regarding the deputies’ conditions. Others who have been in contact with the affected deputies and inmate are under a self-quarantine as they await their test results, according to Bianco. Officials said the inmate who tested positive was “immediately isolated” and is undergoing treatment. The news cases come as Orange County and Los Angeles County has granted early release to some non-violent offenders to curb a potential outbreak. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department runs five detention facilities and the sheriff says there are no plans at this time to release any inmates early. “I feel very strongly that the inmates we have remaining in custody pose a much…

Eastvale Amazon Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19

Share this article:A worker at an Amazon facility in Eastvale tested positive for COVID-19, the e-commerce giant announced Sunday. “We are supporting the individual who is recovering,” the company said in a statement. “We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site.” Amazon said all associates who had close contact with the person in the facility will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. During that time, quarantined employees will be paid. All hourly employees have unlimited unpaid time off through April and all employees diagnosed with COVID-19 or who need to go into quarantine will receive up to two weeks of pay, Amazon said. The company also said they are stepping up sanitizing efforts and ensuring employees practice social distancing. Last week, Amazon reported that an employee at a fulfillment center in Moreno Valley tested positive for COVID-19. The World Health Organization said the likelihood of contracting the virus from a package is low. Eastvale Amazon Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19 was last modified: March 29th, 2020 by Contributing…

Riverside County Surpasses 200 Coronavirus Cases

Share this article:Riverside County public health officials announced 38 new cases of coronavirus Sunday afternoon, bringing the countywide total to 233. The number of deaths remained unchanged at eight. A bulk of the confirmed cases in the county have been recorded this week. Since Monday, 188 cases have been reported. “I just want to be perfectly honest with you, and very clear with you, that we know that the surge isn’t even here yet,” Fourth District Supervisor Manuel Perez told constituents over Facebook Live Friday afternoon. “The surge is coming, and we anticipate the surge sometime in mid-April up until early May.” Perez said the numbers will continue to climb as more testing is done. Starting Friday, the Riverside University Health System began releasing its coronavirus patient data grouped by city, instead of corralled into broadly defined regions as before. A man in his 70s who became the first non-Coachella Valley resident to die due to complications from coronavirus this week was identified Friday as a resident of Beaumont, where five cases have been discovered. His name was not released. Some cities saw a drop…

Coronavirus Outbreak Hits Burbank Nursing Home

BURBANK (CBSLA) — Ten employees and seven residents have tested positive for coronavirus at the Alameda Care Center in Burbank. Two people have died so far. A woman, now widowed as a result of the concentrated outbreak, says she believes more could have been done. Courtesy: Willa Robinson “It wasn’t done right,” said Willa Robinson, who lost her husband of 55 years to COVID0-19. “I felt like he still had some life in him and I think it was snatched away from him.” Robinson ast saw her husband Vernon on March 13 during one of her regular visits to the nursing home, where he had been a resident for the past two years. “When they found out that one person contracted the virus, something should have been done. I think we should have been told,” Robinson said. Officials from Alameda Care Center said they called all relatives or responsible parties of those who were sick and told them what was going on. Robinson said she was told her husband would be going to the hospital because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.…

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to provide an update on the city’s coronavirus response

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is set to provide an update on the city’s coronavirus response Sunday. The mayor will be speaking at a video news conference at 5:15 p.m. The number of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County on Sunday went up to 2,136 from 1,804 the day before as the county stepped up its testing for the virus, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. A total of 37 people have died of the respiratory illness countywide as of Sunday. During Garcetti’s last coronavirus briefing on Friday, he announced that L.A. will be the first city in the U.S. to have a partnership with UPS to deliver and pick up COVID-19 tests. He also reported what is believed to be the first coronavirus case in L.A.’s homeless population. With the surge of COVID-19 patients threatening to overwhelm local hospitals, a 1,000-bed U.S. Navy hospital ship docked in the port of L.A., the USNS Mercy, began on Sunday to take in patients that don’t have the virus. Officials believe the ship will help ease the strain on local hospitals. Check…

Man, adult son found stabbed to death in suspected murder-suicide at Garden Grove home

A 77-year-old man and his 29-year-old son were found fatally stabbed inside the father’s Garden Grove home Saturday in what police said appears to be a murder–suicide. The bodies of Thinh Vu, 77, and his son Thomas Vu, 29, were found after another family member called police to ask that they check on the elderly resident of the home in the 11800 block of Stuart Drive, according to the Garden Grove Police Department. “The reporting party (adult son) was checking on his father and brother, who he had not heard from in days,” Sgt. M. Martinez said in a written statement. “When the son did not get a response at his father’s residence, he called the police for assistance.” Officers forced their way into the home were they found the two men dead “from what appeared to be stab wounds,” Martinez said. “At this point of the investigation, it appears to be a murder/suicide, however the investigation is ongoing,” the sergeant said. Investigators did not indicate which of the men was the suspect and which was the victim. Anyone with information was urged to contact…

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